29/04/20 The Death of Reverend Peter Holmes
Our dear friend and colleague, the Reverend Peter Holmes passed away after battling COVID-19 for several weeks in intensive care. As vicar of St Peter’s and founder of The Joel Community Night Shelter, he was a true champion of kindness and caring. He devoted his life to God’s work and was a passionately committed voice for the most vulnerable people in our community, particularly those experiencing homelessness.
Thanks to Peter's vision and passion, The Joel Community was instrumental in helping turn many people’s lives around, many of whom were once sleeping on the streets of Kingston. Joel gave people a sense of belonging and being part of a loving community helped them move forward with their lives and out of the vicious cycle of homelessness.
Peter was a dedicated campaigner on a wide range of social justice issues, such as raising awareness about the impact of the planned redevelopment of the Cambridge Road Estate. In his 25 years as vicar at St Peter’s, he threw the church doors wide-open and set up initiatives like the Great Feast - a weekly hot meal and fellowship for homeless people. This was followed by the Vintage Banquet, a weekly meal and place to connect for Seniors.
Peter's relationship with Jesus Christ was at the heart of everything he ever did and that love spilled over and impacted countless numbers of people. He was an absolute inspiration and we will miss him, but we know that he is now in a wonderful place. We send our heartfelt condolences, throughts and prayers to his wife Carol and their four children.
Good Gym doing good at the KCAH office!
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Kingston Excellence in Business Award - We won!
We were overjoyed to win the 'Best Charity or Social Enterprise' category at the Kingston Business Excellence Awards 2019! Thank you to everyone involved in this achievement and to you for all your support.
We were honoured that our Night Shelter won the Premier Love Britain+Ireland (South East and London) award in the 'Inclusion' category for an 'outstanding project supporting and serving people with additional needs'. This means that we are through to the national final in London in October. Thank you to everyone making our Night Shelter what it is and thank you to the listeners of Premier radio who voted for us.
Our Communications Officer, Camilla, and Night Shelter Coordinator, Sophie, at the Premier Awards.